Reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid have set their sights on signing Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Los Blancos have conceded defeat in their pursuit of the Spanish number one.
Instead, they have agreed a deal with Bilbao’s 23-year-old shot stopper Arrizabalaga.
Having come within inches of signing him in the 2015 summer transfer window, Madrid have finally given up on signing David De Gea.
Real accused United of a late submission of documents, preventing the 27-year-old from moving to the Spanish capital.
The defending European champions have been eyeing De Gea since 2015, with the Spaniard becoming one of the best in the world.
Zinedine Zidane has been seeking to replace his current keeper, Keylor Navas, with De Gea unlikely to be that man.
Real Madrid have reportedly agreed on a deal with exciting young Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.
A Spanish TV show stated:
“Kepa and Real Madrid have already reached an agreement.”
Spanish paper Marca claim that the player has a release clause of £17.85m.
This means that should Madrid hope to sign him in January, they have a fairly straightforward task.
However, Arrizabalaga is out of contract with Bilbao next summer and would be available for free should they wait.
Cadena SER claimed this last Friday:
Cadena SER: “Kepa Arrizabalaga doesn’t want to extended his contract with Athletic Club. Real Madrid has already a plan to sign the young goalkeeper. Although the player will be available for free in the summer, Real Madrid wants to pay 15-20 millions € to stay with Athletic
— Semir (@IronLion_RM) November 10, 2017
The 23-year-old shot-stopper is considered to be one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in the world.
At his young age, he has already appeared for the Spanish national team, despite such strong competition for the jersey.
Arrizabalaga has made 10 La Liga appearances this season, keeping three clean sheets.